Let’s talk about working from home

Adam Walker
4 min readMar 12, 2020
Photo by Paolo Nicolello on Unsplash

I ran a virtual company for ten years. It started with just me and a business partner and later evolved to a team of ten to fifteen people, all working from home and collaborating on projects.

Knowing that a lot of people are about to start working from home more, I thought I would share a few things I learned in my 10+ years of working with a virtual team.

Getting work done at home

Don’t get too comfortable

When you first start working from home, it’s tempting to work from the couch with the TV on, don’t do it. If you put yourself in the same position to work that you usually take to relax, relaxation is going to win every time. Consider working from your kitchen table (like I am right now), a desk, the patio, or some other place that is not primarily for relaxation.

Keep your usual schedule

When working from home, it’s tempting to sleep in and work late. Don’t do it. If you are used to a work schedule, keep that schedule, shifting it will make you lose productivity.

Focus intensely, then take breaks

When working from home it’s easy to work continuously with no breaks, but that’s not great for overall productivity and happiness. I love using the Pomodoro technique for focus. The technique is 25 minutes of work, then a 5-minute mental break. Then after four rounds of that, you take a 20 to 30-minute break. I love this technique because it helps me focus intensely but reminds me to take mental breaks, helping me remain productive later in the day.

Take a walk

If you are accustomed to working in an office, you are probably up and around often. When working from home, there is a tendency to get sucked into the computer and forget to stand up and move around. Set a reminder to take a quick walk in the afternoon. It will clear your head and give you some of the mobility you are missing by being at home.

Working from home with a team

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When working from home, it’s easy to fire off quick emails or messages to colleagues, giving them…

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Adam Walker

Husband. Father of six. Wearer of fedoras. Serial entrepreneur. Nonprofit co-founder. I write about personal growth & leadership.